Three people have been confirmed dead instantly and one other person survived with burns in Okene, Kogi State some hours to the official visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the area.
The explosion occurred at about 8.45am today, December 29, right in front of the Palace of the Ohinoyi (Paramount ruler) of Ebira land, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, around GRA.
Reports reaching us at Greenbarge Reporters online newspaper and hardcopy magazine, said that one of the dead persons and the injured one were commercial motorcyclists.
The cause of the explosion has not been established as at the time of posting this report.
President Buhari is scheduled to visit Okene, among other places in Kogi State today on the invitation of the State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to commission some projects which he had completed.
Late yesterday, December 28, Chairman of Okene Local Government Area, issued a statement restricting vehicular movements for the purpose of Presidential visit.
One of the numerous projects President Buhari is scheduled to commission is the multipurpose, multi billion naira Reference Hospital.
The roads that are blocked are Agasa junction, Okengwe/Obehira junction, Obangede junction at Ogaminana and Check Point at Okene.